Did a massive asteroid impact spark life on Earth?

December 9, 2014 12:59 AM

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Researchers have recreated a split-second impact of a meteor with primoridal Earth, and shown how the 3.5-megaton collision might have reorganized common molecules into some of the early building blocks that led to all life.

The feigned cataclysm took place in a lab in Prague, Czech Republic, using a 492-foot laser system to create a high-density plasma, with temperatures soaring to about 7,640 degrees Fahrenheit, and see its effects on a pool of formamide.

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